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Boyanov & Co handles sovereign and bond matters, stock exchange transactions and public offerings. Peter Petrov advised JP Morgan on the local law issues regarding a major planned Bulgarian state Eurobond issuance, under international swaps and derivatives documentation. Practice head Damian Simeonov is assisting Stifel Nicolaus Europe as lead manager on a $325m high-yield bond issuance by 4finance. Georgi Drenski is another key contact.

At DTT (Dimitrov, Tchompalov & Todorova), ‘brilliant professionals’ Dimitar Dimitrov and Katya Todorova utilise their ‘thorough knowledge of the Bulgarian legal framework and practice of the regulator’ to advise corporates on equity and debt issues. In one complex cross-border transaction, the group, as local counsel, advised the issuer of €65m secured exchangeable bonds, Global Invest Holding, on its sale and the transfer of all shares to a Malta-based company. ‘Market-oriented’ Yasen Nikolov is also recommended. Iordan Tchompalov is now with Stoeva Tchompalov & Znepolski.

Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski’s ‘excellent’ team is co-led by Nikolay Bebov and Damyan Leshev, who are singled out for their ‘deep capital markets knowledge’. In one highlight, the group advised the Bulgarian subsidiary of Energo-Pro on an €130m bond issuance, and the subsequent bond listing on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange in 2017. The firm often assists foreign capital management companies with the local law aspects of transactions. Other clients include Raiffeisen Capital Management and TBI Bank.

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov’s ‘clearly knowledgeable and experienced’ team is led by Vessela Stancheva-Mincheva. It handles a number of Bulgarian sovereign bond issues for lead managers including JP Morgan and Banca IMI. Georgi Tzvetkov advises a Bulgarian state SPV (designed to support the implementation of programmes co-financed by EU funds) on related capital markets regulation and structuring matters. The firm also has expertise in initial public offerings.

Highlights for Gugushev & Partners Law Office included advising Futures Capital and Alpha Bulgaria on the purchase and sale of shares on the Bulgarian market, and matters concerning incorporation and local regulations and compliance. Practice head Stefan Gugushev has experience in the legal aspects of prospectus drafting, share trading, warrants, trading mechanisms and transaction structures. Dimitrinka Metodieva handles regulatory work.

At Kinstellar, Diana Dimova led a multijurisdictional team advising KBC Bank on local capital markets regulation and compliance following its acquisition of United Bulgarian Bank. The practice also assisted Nomura International with its role as arranger and dealer of a €200m Euro medium-term note. Svilen Issaev leads the practice.

Wolf Theiss’ diverse practice advises equity funds, lenders and borrowers, and financial corporate and sovereign institutions on debt capital and financial instrument transactions. The firm leverages its wider-European presence to provide analyses on EU novelties and their transportation into local law. Lead partner Katerina Kraeva advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the Bulgarian law implications of brokerage and custody services concerning debt and corporate securities, and assisted Ideal Standard Group with the issue of €75m secured notes. Richard Clegg is another key practitioner.

CMS’ Elitsa Ivanova has experience advising clients on equity investments in companies listed on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange. In addition to corporate issuers, the team has clients in the debt capital market.

Dimitrov, Petrov & Co’s ‘reliable’ team advises a number of Bulgarian investment intermediaries on the range of capital markets matters. Boyana Milcheva heads the team. The group successfully appealed a decision by the FSC regarding the non-approval of a listing for a pharmaceutical company on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange. Dimitar Karabelov is ‘a key player’.

Georgiev, Todorov & Co predominantly advises dealers, exchanges, investment banks and asset management companies on the local regulatory aspects of capital markets law. The team also provides procedural representation before the Commission for Financial Supervision pertaining to regulatory issues. The practice is led by Arno Mamasyan. Clients include Benchmark Group, Bulgarian Stock Exchange and Rothschild & Co.

Kambourov & Partners advises corporates and financial institutions on the gamut of equity and sovereign offerings and transactions, asset securitisations and bond issuances, and has particular expertise in real estate investment trusts. The practice is led by Vladimir Rangeloff. Clients include MBL and the Bulgarian Development Bank.

Penkov, Markov & Partners assists domestic and foreign corporates with the range of capital markets work, including the establishment of asset management companies and regulatory work. Ivan Markov is the main contact.

Tocheva & Mandazhieva Law Office assists domestic and international corporates with bond offerings and Bulgarian capital markets regulation. The firm is conducting due diligence on two of AQ Group’s subsidiaries in Bulgaria, in preparation for listing the parent company on NASDAQ Stockholm. Zhulieta Mandazhieva leads the team.

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